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Women are out to make 2021 a better place for mankind. Ladies all across America are doing wonderful things to help get us through one of the most difficult moments in modern history.

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, was honored at the 2020 Power Women of Long Island presented by Schneps Media and Dan’s Papers, which took place at St. Andrews Church in Southampton, NY.  Jean was honored with the Philanthropist of the Year Award for her continuous work in philanthropy. Launched in 1990 by Schneps Media’s President Victoria Schneps this event was founded to empower women and connect them with each other. The event honors and recognizes successful business, community, cultural, political, civic and religious female leaders. The event includes a business expo and trade show with networking followed by a dinner and awards ceremony.

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Southampton’s Business Revitalization Committee, developed by former Trustee Kimberly Alan in 2019 to promote year round tourism and activities for, watched as families moved to their summer homes, rented year-round, and took extended stays at the Southampton Inn to ride out the pandemic in a bucolic setting by the beach.

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But there is a little known dark side to the idyllic village. With over 80 families in need of food and proper shelter and clothing due to the pandemic, Roseanne Gentile from Southampton Elementary School spoke with representatives of the BRC to determine how and whether the local business organization could assist. Within a few weeks the BRC created a synergistic program for local business to have bowed holiday boxes to collect from their customers. Neighbors shopped local to pick up special promotions and drop funds into the boxes. By December 20th, over $10,000 was raised from over 50 small businesses within the Village. Some shops offered the families gift certificates for clothing. Some restaurants offered turkeys and Christmas cookies. And shop owners, usually independent boutiques, came together to assist their neighbors.

While the holidays were the impetus for this targeted program, many local businesses are continuing to provide food and clothing and funds throughout the winter. “Nobody within our very special village should be hungry” said Shannon Willey, chair of the BRC. “We offered take-out picnics all summer to village visitors.  Now we are packaging picnics for our neighbors in need” said Dede Moan from Southampton Inn.

And, finally life coach Brenda Di Bari is revolutionizing what it means to be a working mom who wants to protect your children as equally as her own. Her inspirational e-books are teaching women how to cope in 2021.

“The pandemic has had a profound effect on every person, whether we even realize to what extent this is true. I see this effect on clients in my work both as a life coach and as a real estate broker. People are doing a lot of soul searching as the typical distractions of life have been stripped away. Those who are feeling assertive about achieving goals are digging deeper to discover their why. People are closely examining their day-to-day existence, including their priorities in every detail of how and where they live,” she states.

And reflecting on the life lessons of this last year, she also expresses the need to discuss suicide awareness for teens to helping single mothers learn how to have self-care.

“The best advice I can share as it relates to the challenges we are facing today is to keep present in your mind that change is constant. What we experience today is here to teach us, and if we rise to the challenge, we will grow and be better than ever before. The struggle we have today will not last forever and if I dare say it, we will grow and learn from this time of challenge. On a daily basis it is important to draw your focus to things that add to your sense of well-being. For some this may mean meditating and exercise. For others this may mean making more time for reading or watching movies we’ve meant to see. The important thing is to make a focused effort to be accepting of yourself and move toward the things that improve your day.”

Here is to all the women out to make 2021 a year of hope.

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Elevated Holiday Traveling with Puro Sound Labs



We all know that travel during the holidays can be stressful. Getting on planes with other passengers who talk loudly to kid in the backseat in the car crying that they are bored only adds to the pressure.

This season don’t let it cook up inside. Save the heat to roast up your favorite Christmas dishes and give yourself the perfect early gift from Puro Sound Labs.

For the adult who is commuting home on mass transportation or the one who still must work despite the family gathering over hot cocoa in the next room, the ideal present is found in the glorious silence as only produced by Puro Sound Labs PuroPro volume limiting, active noise cancelling adult headphones.

A truly lovely design is matched by incredible studio grade audio quality, providing adults with a listening experience that is both high quality and healthy. In keeping with the Puro Sound Labs mission to protect consumers’ hearing, the headphones are also volume limited to 85 dB for up to 8 hours per day, and 95 dB for up to 50 mins per day, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

It is like a miracle has come to rescue. Eliminating hectic noise in your environment has never been easier than with the smart buy of the season. This is an amazing find, especially for those who suffer every time an outside sound disrupts their mental well-being. The discovery of peace in sound is phenomenal and at your own setting and pace is just a bonus.

The headphones are equipped with Puro Balanced Response® Curve technology, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals, plus two adjustable ANC levels, ensuring that users can listen to their favorite tracks and podcasts undisturbed, or find their own space in shared environments.

Your travel will be elevated, and your private time will be glorious. The wireless Bluetooth v.5 headphones are complete with a lightweight, foldable design and matching hard cover carrying case and are ideal for travel, with long lasting batteries that provide up to 28 hours playtime with ANC, 32 hours without and 300 hours of standby time. (Available from

Then for the kids, the holidays just got even more an amazing. They will certainly be nothing more than nice with the Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Plus Volume Limited Kids Headphones. Colorful and a producer of epic sound.  While the headphones are volume limited to the maximum safe listening level, they certainly do not compromise on sound quality. The Puro Balanced Response® Curve technology is engineered to deliver the finest genuine studio sound with clear, crisp vocals and full dynamic bass suitable for all genres of music.

Protecting consumers’ hearing, especially for youth, is of the utmost importance with this company that has headphones specifically made to protect young listeners’ eardrums with volume limited to 85 dB as recommended by the World Health Organization.

BT2200 Plus headphones are lightweight and durable, which all parents know are very important qualities to have. Kids will also love the soft ear cushions. The BT2200 Plus also comes with interchangeable ear cups so children can switch from on-ear to over-ear for a better seal and more comfort. (Available from

Make your holidays simply sound perfect with Puro Sound Labs.



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Things We Love in New York This Season



It’s hard to believe how quickly the year has flown by. This time of the year we all reflect on so many things. In New York us New Yorkers get especially sentimental. We appreciate come December all the wonderful things that Big Apple has to offer. Here are some of our favorite things and the people who make this city great.

So many businesses are bringing joy.  Park Terrace Hotel Hotel Chocolat‘s holiday kick-off is a sweet event coming up. Guests are expected at the hotel’s Terrazzo Lounge overlooking Bryant Park. The celebration will oversee the fireworks from the Bryant Park Christmas tree lighting ceremony from the terrace’s vantage point. A holiday sing-along hosted by Broadway stars Orfeh and Andy Karl will also take place.

City snow bunnies will unite at Park Lane Hotel’s Darling for a special Winter Chalet on the Park launch. The only après ski high above Central Park party will showcase music by Alix Brown along with drink from Moët & Chandon.

Anita La Mamma del Gelato recently-opened its third New York City location in Times Square. It is the perfect spot after visiting the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a show at Radio City Music Hall or a respite after holiday shopping. The family-owned gelateria is celebrated for its rotating 150 flavors of gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream, including sugar-free and vegan options, all made in-house using Anita’s original recipes. The Times Square location offers 36 selections of frozen treats daily that rotate seasonally, each handmade in-store.

Crate & Barrel new flagship store officially opened in Flatiron, the heart of NYC’s home design district. The brand finds its new home in the historic Palace of Trade building (881 N Broadway), which was carefully renovated to preserve its rich history and offer Crate & Barrel + Crate & Kids customers a best-in-class shopping experience with concierge-level services. To celebrate the store’s opening, Crate & Barrel will be hosting the Flatiron Food & Design Festival through December 19 with events featuring brand partners like Molly Baz and Athena Calderone.

People we adore are doing good things in town. Renowned Hamptons based Argentine artists and gallerists Lautaro Cuttica and Isadora Capraro are launching a new group show ‘Matter Over Mind’ at 1155 6th Avenue. The show will run until December 8 and is open and free to view by appointment.  Cuttica and Capraro are behind the gallery Gambit Works. They have debuted several shows in the Hamptons at their property Campo Cuttica, a destination that is home to a family of artists.

April Kayganich, hairstylist & educator, has been busy at work in her WeHo salon suite. Revolutionizing hair care routines for New Yorkers. She recommends cocktailing her favorite combination of products: Dressed Up and Lift. This dynamic duo ensures that every section of your hair receives an equal amount of product, resulting in a perfectly bouncy blowout.

And, Jem Bleu has been singing for subway riders for a while and brings joyous smiles to commuters. Consider yourself lucky to hear him now before his star sparks big time. Another artist dazzling the scene is upcoming actor Leon Megyeri. We love the way people are following their dreams in The Big Apple.





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Girl Boss Holiday Gift Ideas



‘Tis the season for the ultimate Girl Boss gift. Every fantastic woman in your life can enjoy the holidays with these perfect ideas just for her.

For the Sophisticated One Getting Ready for Epic Holiday Parties

The ultimate form of glamour and luxury is profoundly felt with Armani beauty products. The Girl Boss can have simply perfect eyes and lips with the perfect gift of a four-piece limited edition set that features Eyes to Kill Classico Mascara, two fan favorite full-size Eye Tints, Deluxe Size Lip Power Satin, and a special edition Armani Pouch.

In one special package is found an empowering vision. She can make a bold statement and all attention will be on her glorious look. Grand and stylish, she becomes a goddess who is full of joyful wisdom knowing that she is the life of the party. Availabile at and

For the One Getting Ready for Positively Fun Day Running the World

Every good Girl Boss has been inspired by a childhood hero. The legacy of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will make anyone smile, but when she has the precious gift of these joyful figures dazzled out on her beauty products, she will conquer the world with delight. Tweezerman’s award-winning tools in the “Where Imagination Meets Precision” collection is truly the perfect holiday surprise.

The fun-loving collaboration brings Disney’s timeless imagination to premium Tweezerman products including Slant Tweezer, Mini Slant Tweezer, Tweezer Sets, Lash Curler and Nail Care. Each product works in the most fantastic way and will have the Girl Boss in Your Life feeling confidently happy. Available now on

Happy Holidays!

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Unique Gifting Ideas for the Holidays



The holidays are here. Now is time to think outside of the box and wrap the most unique idea this season. Give the gift that will be cherished for years to come.

For the Globetrotter in Your Life

Simon & Schuster will make the world seem so much more colorful for your loved one with their Color Your World Travel Journal Series, which features 30 sites from famous cities around the world. These truly glorious and sophisticated coloring-book-meets-travel-journals showcase landmarks of remarkable cities such as New York City, Paris, and Tokyo.

Color your way around town and paint it in a fabulous way. Featuring expertly curated sites, you are gifted the opportunity to learn about, color, and record so you can experience the city whether you’re already there or planning a trip. This dream adventure is thanks to Evie Carrick and her illustrator Emma Taylor. New editions are out November 28 and found HERE.

For the Stylish Person in Your Life

From Maurice de Mauriac’s atelier in Zurich, the new L1 Red Lightning watch strikes that perfect balance between minimalism and a bit of edge, making it a head-turner. The watch features a La Joux-Perret G100 movement, with a generous 68-hour power reserve, hours, minutes and seconds. It also comes with a white rubber strap as well as an additional Milanese stainless steel bracelet with DLC coating. The L1 Red Lightning is limited to 80 pieces, starts at 3’900 CF and is available online and in the Zurich atelier.

For the Wellness Seeker in Your Life

Good health is a fantastic thing to celebrate and honor with a gift. The DMoose Foot & Leg Stretcher helps optimize your ankles and legs as it strengthens them. A deep stretch helps in a comfortable way is gifted with this device.  It works well for those experiencing Plantar Fasciitis as well as athletes, dancers, and yoga-lovers.

For the Fashion Lover in Your Life

The Sattaché Classic Bag is an elegant, hygienic, and versatile solution tailored for storing and transporting an extra pair of footwear, serving as the perfect companion for daily transitions and travels. What’s more, it offers five wearable options, suitable for various occasions. We believe it fills a gap in the market, providing an eco-friendly, functional, and stylish method for securely storing and transporting an additional pair of shoes alongside personal essential items.

For the Beauty Lover in Your Life

Give the gift of beauty and make someone feel very special with this smooth idea. European Wax Center now has packages you can wrap up for a delightful surprise. The services utilize the state-of-the-art GentleMax Pro Plus Laser for faster treatment times and clinically proven results on all skin types, as well as a unique CDC cooling system for a more comfortable treatment. Those who schedule a reservation can expect to receive a free and personalized consultation with one of the center’s expertly trained laser specialists, who will provide details on what hair regimen would work best for each guest based on their needs and wants.





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Holiday Cheers with Terrific Toasts



Holiday cheers are deserving toasts all around. Raise your glass and warm your spirits with these delights drinks this season.

For a Perfect Group Gathering

With your favorite friends gather around the fireplace with this fantastic festive drink in hand. The Holiday Horchata cocktail is perfectly mixed with The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve and spiced horchata. It will bring warm smiles to all as you take two parts Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve with four parts spiced horchata on ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon to further boost your incredible night.

For a Sweet Season

The Lillet Cranberry Sparkler Cocktail made with two parts Lillet Blanc is a set to be a sweet holiday delight . Mix with ½ part fresh lime juice, 1-2 tablespoons cranberry sauce and three parts G.H. Mumm Brut Grand Cordon. The bubbles will make for a great holiday bliss.

For a Beer Lover on a Holiday Night

Get comfy and cozy with just a simple twist or pop to open a simple and joyful beer with friends and family. The Spoetzl Brewery was founded in Shiner, Texas and showcases award-winning beer. Their Black Lager goes down smooth with truly amazing hints of caramel and mild coffee. It makes your day delightful with Shiner.

For a Twist on a Holiday Classic

Skrewball Whiskey, the original peanut butter whiskey, has a wonderful Skrewball Eggnog that is just in time for the holiday season. Made with premium dairy cream, spicy eggnog flavor along with notes of cinnamon and vanilla, Skrewball’s signature take on a holiday classic is both salty and sweet in taste.

“We’re so thrilled to reintroduce Skrewball Eggnog with even more availability this year,” said Skrewball Whiskey co-founders Steven and Brittany Yeng. “We’re in the business of bringing people together through celebration and shared moments, and what better way to foster connection and get into the holiday spirit than with the number one holiday cocktail?”

For a Delightful Sweet Season

Horton Ready-to-Drink Cocktails, a line of perfectly crafted coconut rum-based canned cocktails from influential content creator Krista Horton and husband Bryce Horton, is a perfect way to add fun to your holiday celebration. Made with real distilled rum from Florida Caribbean Distillers, these delightful flavors include Diet Kola, Pineapple Soda and Lime. And, best of all, there is only 6-7 grams of sugar and 150 calories with each serving.

“As a longtime-lover of the coconut rum and diet cola pairing, it was a dream to create a ready-to-drink cocktail for people to enjoy without the hassle of mixing a drink,” say Krista “When anyone sips on a Horton Ready-to-Drink Cocktails canned cocktail, they are choosing to have more fun and create flavor-filled memories with their favorite people – cheers!”

For a Free and Fancy Holiday Night

Mingle Mocktails is a fantastic female-founded line of sparkling craft mocktails with backing by Bethenny Frankel. Make your holiday fun and fancy with your favorite cocktails with zero alcohol.

Mingle has now launched a new Holiday Gift Box featuring a variety of its best-selling ready-to-drink canned mocktail flavors, plus your choice of a bottle or additional 4-pack of flavors. This truly fantastic collection of ready-to-drink sparkling mocktails includes a variety of Mingle’s best-selling mocktail flavors – including Blood Orange Elderflower Mimosa, Cranberry Cosmo, and Blackberry Hibiscus Bellini.

Happy holidays and cheers to you and your loved ones this beautiful season.


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